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  1. a drop cookie made of egg whites, sugar, usually almond paste or coconut, and sometimes a little flour.
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Origin of macaroon

1605–15; < Middle French macaron < dialectal Italian maccarone cake or biscuit made of ground almonds; see macaroni
Can be confusedmacaron macaroon
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Historical Examples of macaroon

  • Then she opened the parcel of biscuits and munched a macaroon contentedly.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • She bit a macaroon with her short sharp teeth and crunched it.

    Scarlet and Hyssop

    E. F. Benson

  • So I breathed a sigh through my clenched teeth, and ate a macaroon.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • If we chose to garnish a macaroon with radishes it was none of her business.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia

    Mabel Barnes-Grundy

  • Cut nuts or macaroon crumbs may be passed with this dessert.

British Dictionary definitions for macaroon


  1. a kind of sweet biscuit made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites
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Word Origin for macaroon

C17: via French macaron from Italian maccarone macaroni
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Word Origin and History for macaroon


1610s, "small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds," from French macaron (16c.), from dialectal Italian maccarone (see macaroni). French meaning said to have been invented 1552 by Rabelais. The -oon ending was conventional in 15c.-17c. English to add emphasis to borrowings of French nouns ending in stressed -on.

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